KILIMANJARO MACHAME ROUTE

Experience the majestic Kilimanjaro climb with the popular Machame route. In fact, nearly 50 percent of Kilimanjaro trekkers choose this path. Although this relatively difficult route takes climbers through the Barranco Wall ascension and a steep incline up Kibo, technical climbing skills are not required. You can complete the Kilimanjaro Machame adventure in six days and five nights. However, we plan our trip to span 10 days and 9 nights for a better altitude acclimatization schedule.

Push yourself with this challenging journey while enjoying the stunning scenery, incredible views, and varying landscapes dotted with beautiful foliage. Let us help you gain an incredible sense of accomplishment upon reaching the “Roof of Africa” today.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE:

TRIP COST: From $4,900/person

DATES

Jan. 29 – Feb. 7, 2018

June 18 – 27, 2018

July 2 – 11, 2018

July 23 – August 1, 2018

August 14 – 23, 2018

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conquer one of the Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro – and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain
  • Experience 5 different ecozones on a mystical journey to the “Roof of Africa”
  • Extend your adventure with one of our fascinating safari add-ons

MEDIA

TEASER VIDEO

TREK TIPS

MAP

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania (4,551′)

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Tanzania Africa
  • A World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer to the lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, where we will hold a welcome reception
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Cultural Walking Tour

  • After breakfast this morning, we will take a walking tour of some of the foothill villages surrounding Kilimanjaro, stopping to take a tour of a coffee plantation along the way
  • In the afternoon we will conduct a mountain briefing
  • You will pack one duffel for your porter to carry on the mountain, and pack another to leave at the hotel with your travel and safari gear
  • Your guide will personally check each guest’s gear to make sure everyone is prepared for our adventure
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included; B/L/D

Day 3: Trek from Machame Trailhead (7,742') to Machame Camp (9,498')

  • Today we will travel to the Machame trailhead to meet with the rest of our crew and mountain team and register with the Kilimanjaro Park Service
  • We begin our climb, winding through coffee fields, small villages, and forests of ferns and flowers
  • We will trek for about six hours to the Machame Camp, stopping for a sit-down lunch on the way
  • Overnight: Machame Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from Machame Camp (9,498') to Shira Camp (12,595')

  • This morning we will leave the Machame camp to cross the valley and continue our ascent
  • The environment changes from heath forest to moor lands
  • Halfway up the trail we meet the river gorge and ascend across the Shira Plateau
  • Each day along the trail, we stop for a sit-down lunch and we set up our private, flushing toilet tents
  • Overnight: Shira Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek from Shira Camp to Lava Tower Pass (14,950') to Barranco Camp (13,077')

  • Today we will ascend from the Shira Camp up the Shira Plateau
  • While crossing the ridge at the Lava Tower, we will have great views of the African plains far below
  • Here we will eat lunch, acclimate and admire the ancient glacier ice of the Breach Wall from the Lava Tower
  • We will then descend about 2,000 feet into Barranco Camp for the night
  • Overnight: Barranco Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek from Barranco Camp (13,077') to Karanga Camp (13,235')

  • Today after our hearty breakfast, we will climb the Great Barranco Wall, also known as the breakfast wall
  • We will top out at about 14,500 feet before traversing across the Karanga Valley to our camp at the Karanga River
  • This completes another day of acclimatization as we pass below the famous Breach Wall, the largest ice and rock face in Africa
  • Overnight: Karanga Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek from Karanga Camp (13,235') to Kosovo Camp (15,995') and Leave for Summit at Midnight

  • From the Karanga Valley camp, we climb for four to five hours to Barafu (Ice) Camp, where we will enjoy a sit-down lunch and a short rest
  • Afterwards, we will continue to climb for about 1.5 hours until we reach the Kosovo Camp above the next rocky bench
  • We acquire a special permit that allows us to stay at this quiet camp
  • It puts us closer to the summit for our climb and closer to our camp on our descent
  • While our cook staff prepares our dinner, we will spend our time packing and preparing for our midnight departure, the final push for a sunrise summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Overnight: Kosovo Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Summit Day! Trek to Uhuru Peak (19,341') and Return to Millennium Camp (12,530')

  • We climb wearing headlamps until the predawn light is reflected off the mountain glaciers
  • Following a distinct ridge we approach the crater’s rim, then traverse northwest along the rim to the main summit, Uhuru Peak
  • We are now on the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and the highest point on the African Continent!
  • After enjoying the view from the roof of Africa, we descend to Kosovo Camp, rest, eat, break camp, and begin our trek down the Mweka route on the southern side of the mountain
  • We descend down into the jungle to Millennium Camp for our last night on the mountain
  • Overnight: Millennium Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Descend from Millenium Camp (12,530') to Meweka Gate (5,380')

  • We will descend through the rainforest, with 20 foot-tall fern trees creating a prehistoric atmosphere
  • After reaching the Mweka gate we say our farewells to the mountain staff and drive back to our lodge to enjoy a celebration dinner
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: International Departures or Add-On Adventure

  • Return to Kilimanjaro International Airport for international departure
  • Or, begin an Add-On Adventure

4-day African Safari Add-On | From $2,950/person

Lake Manyara National Park | African tribes | Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area
Our experienced game drivers may vary the itinerary to best follow the movements of the animals.

Day 10: Lake Manyara National Park or Tarangire National Park Game Drive

  • Today we head out on Safari
  • We load our Land Cruisers that have open tops so we can view animals up close and safely
  • We will make a stop in Arusha to get some supplies for our trip, and depending on current migration patterns, we will go to either Lake Manyara National Park or Tarangire National Park for a game drive
  • Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or Tarangire Safari Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: Visit to Bushmen and Datoga Tribes

  • Today we will drive to the remote areas near Lake Eyasi to see the Bushman tribe
  • This tribe has less than 300 members remaining
  • After we learn about their existence, make fire, and shoot arrows from primitive bows, we will thank them and head to visit another Tanzanian tribe
  • Touring the Datoga village will show us that the Datoga are uniquely different than the Bushman tribe
  • Of Tanzania’s 120 tribes, these two have remained especially primitive in comparison to their counterparts
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Farmhouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Game Drive

  • Today we enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and do an afternoon game drive, spending the rest of the day viewing animals up close from our open top land Cruisers in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • The crater is home of the BIG 5: Elephant, African Buffalo, Leopard, Black Rhinoceros, and Lion, as well as Zebras, Cheetahs, Hippos, Hyenas, and a variety of wild animals in their natural environment
  • We will spend the evening on the rim of the crater, watching the spectacular sunset
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge or Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: Return to Arusha | Human Outreach Project | International Departures

  • After breakfast we start our journey back to Arusha to visit the Cultural Heritage Center for last-minute shopping
  • Then we will pay a visit to the Human Outreach Project Kilimanjaro Kids Community for a site tour and a visit with the children
  • In the afternoon you can relax and repack your gear in time to catch your evening flight home
  • Meals included: B/L

4-day Serengeti Safari Add-On | From $3,700/person

Lake Manyara National Park | Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area | Serengeti National Park
Our experienced game drivers may vary the itinerary to best follow the movements of the animals.

Day 10: Lake Manyara National Park Game Drive

  • Today we head out on Safari
  • We load our Land Cruisers that have open tops so we can view animals up close and safely
  • We will spend the afternoon on a game drive through the national park, and spend the night on the edge of the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, in the beautiful Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
  • Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Game Drive

  • Today after breakfast we will descend 2,000 feet into the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest caldera in the world
  • We will spend the entire day inside the crater, witnessing the amazing variety of fauna and flora on our game drive
  • We will spend the night in luxury on the rim of the crater
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Serengeti National Park Game Drive

  • We will witness the sunrise over the Ngorongoro Crater during breakfast
  • Make our way to Serengeti National Park for a game drive in the home of the most prolific herds and spectacular wildlife viewing in the area
  • We will enjoy dinner and live entertainment in a luxury tented camp in the park.
  • Overnight: Kirawira Serena Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: Serengeti Game Drive | International Departures

  • We will spend the morning on a game drive in Serengeti National Park
  • In the afternoon, we will take a charter flight from the Seronera Airstrip (EDT) to Arusha
  • We will visit the Cultural Heritage Center for lunch and last-minute shopping
  • There will be time to relax and prepare for your international flight
  • Meals included: B/L

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

Our personal favorite time to travel is from mid-May through early August. The rainy season has just ended providing plentiful vegetation and biodiversity with less dust in the air. Additionally, late June through early August offers cooler temperatures. January, February, and September are the driest and warmest months in Tanzania, and therefore the busiest months. March through early June is a rainy season, and visibility is low, though the crowds are gone.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in the Siha District of Tanzania, in East Africa. You will fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. Although there are many flight options to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), flying through Amsterdam offers the best route. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is that in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

Upon clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa for $100. Please bring cash, as exact change is required. In addition, you will need a one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please keep your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs. You can complete a visa application (contact your country’s embassy for requirements) prior to your arrival, or fill one out at the airport. After you purchase your visa and clear customs, a World Wide Trekking representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha.

*Please Note: You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at hime and bring the other with you to Tanzania in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Enjoy camping-style accommodations when climbing Kilimanjaro while we make every effort to impress. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. Sleep soundly in brand-new North Face tents. Eat delicious, fresh food in our huge, luxurious dining tent complete with solar lighting. Experience peace of mind in our private toilet tents.

TRANSPORTATION:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light while carrying just your daypack. Porters carry all other bags and equipment up and down the mountain.

MEALS:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day. Typical meals include breakfast complete with coffee and tea, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy all of your meals in our luxurious dining tents complete with tables, chairs, dinnerware, and solar lighting.

HEALTH & SAFETY:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get two prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness and Malarone for malaria. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264 or visit our trek tips series on YouTube.

OUR TEAM:

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from 8 to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff  is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have questions about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

We provide medically certified, English-speaking Western guides for all of our adventures. Additionally, you have access to a local operations manager and a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on the mountain including porters, a tent crew, chefs, servers, dishwashers, separate toilet attendants, and anything else you can think of.

ADD-ON ADVENTURES:

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, gratuities area  symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant, and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity.

You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.

Trekking Staff: At the trails-end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek and safari. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

Tanzania is one of the world’s oldest inhabited regions. For three million years, man has roamed its regions, savanna to mountains, carving out an existence from the African countryside. Drawn to exotic Africa, explorers have tried to tame her wildness to no avail. The story of Tanganyika, Tanzania, is one of unaltered wilds and progressive politics. “Kilimanjaro,” according to the President of Mozambique, Chissano, “carried the torch that liberated Africa.”

POPULATION:

49.25 million

TIME ZONE:

East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00

CAPITAL CITY:

Dodoma, Tanzania

PEOPLE:

Tribes of Tanzania

Sukuma comprise the largest tribe with three million Tanzanians. Living in the northwestern area of Tanzania, they speak Bantu and are traditionally cattle herders and farmers of subsistence crops such as cassava.

Nywamwezi, also known as  the “people of the moon,” are the second largest tribe in Tanzania. Similar to the Sukuma, they are also historically cattle herders, farmers, and Bantu speakers. Living in the northwest of Tanzania, near Lake Victoria, the tribe has about 1.5 million members.

Members of the third largest tribe of Tanzania reside on the south and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Mosh. The Chaga speak Kichagga, a Niger-Congo language. They were one of the first tribes to convert to Christianity. Among the richest and most powerful people in Tanzania, they hold a strong sense of identity. Known for their advanced farming techniques, trade, and politics, they thrive as a successful tribe.

Descended from Persia, the Shirazi encompass the majority of the people of Zanzibar island. They speak Swahili and practice Sunni and Shia Islam.

CULTURE & RELIGION:

Tanzanians bear a surprisingly strong national association, or ujamaa (family-hood). They rarely identify themselves by tribe upon an initial meeting. This collective attitude comes from the Julius Nyerere days and his push to unify over 120 tribes in a socialistic type society. This national mindset allows Tanzania a relatively peaceful existence with tribes coexisting. Christians and Muslims live side by side with minimal friction.

MONEY:

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling abbreviated TZS. TZS replaced the East Africa shilling in 1966. Currency exchangers subdivide the shilling into 100 senti and it is written as x/y where x is the amount over one shilling and y is the senti. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate.